Monday, July 14, 2008
Short Takes on What is Going on
An Interesting Partnership . . . An interesting agenda for tomorrow night's meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen was emailed to me this morning. The high point of the document is the final touches on an agreement transferring property from the School District to the City so that a new Walmart can be constructed on 350 Highway. The largest paragraph and certainly the most clearly written is that section which assures the School District that their money will be delivered whether or not the Walmart deal goes through. I will leave it to the reader to understand exactly how to interperet the message. We frequently hear about the School District and the City "partnering" on projects in Raytown. Our leaders need to realize that partners are supposed to share in everything -- that includes the risks. Guess it doesn't work that way in Raytown. New Recycling Center Up and Running . . . On a more upbeat note over 300 Raytowners took advantage of Raytown's new Recycling Center on the Fourth of July weekend. I stopped by to check it out and was impressed. The lot is secure. Entry and exit is a breeze. The numbers from the old center were down a little, but the Public Works employee working the location told me it was probably because of the holiday weekend. Still, early Sunday afternoon the plastic and alumium/metal containers were nearly filled to capacity. The winner in this situation is truly the taxpayers. Where the old location used to cost the city to operate -- this new location and a change in recycling haulers -- assures the city will make money on the project. Who knows? Some of that money may find its way back into a workable plan for curbside recycling in Raytown. Look for the Center to be open the first and third weekends of each month (that's next Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th this month). Pride is Evident in our Neighborhoods . . . Raytown often receives more than its share of abuse. As with all things there is a tendency to pile on when a community is down. But the real strength in a community continues to shine through despite adversity. This weekend I took some time to peddle around our town on my trusty bicycle -- after all, my annual pilgrimage to Iowa for the Ragbrai is coming soon, and it never hurts to put a few hours in the saddle before the big ride. But what struck me was the care and pride I saw in our city's neighborhoods. The carefully manicured lawns, lush flower beds, and the many individual projects taken on by homeowners to make their home a small piece of paradise of their own design. That, my friends, is where Raytown's real strength and character is most evident.